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Friday, August 22, 2014


For those of you visiting Berlin at the end of the summer the big must see event is the weekend tribute to the great theorist Douglas Crimp, in conjunction with his 70th birthday. Yes yes and more yes with Mr. Crimp now and forever. See below for details:

Pictures, Before and After –An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp with works & contributions by Daniel Buren, Charles James, Antonio Lopez, Agnes Martin, Joseph Cornell, Robert Smithson,The Cockettes, Jack Smith, Joan Jonas, Peter Hujar, Alvin Baltrop, Gordon Matta-Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Stefan Brecht, Guy Hocquenghem, Esther Phillips, Andy Warhol, Philip Smith, Louise Lawler, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, J.J. Grandville, Marcel Broodthaers, David Wojnarowicz, Moyra Davey, Sadie Benning, Donald Moffett, Gran Fury, Silence=Death Project, Gregg Bordowitz, Fierce Pussy, Zoe Leonard & others organized together with Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel  28 August - 31 October 2014 Exhibition opening on Thursday, 28 August, 7:00-9:00 pm

Galerie Buchholz Fasanenstr. 30 10719 Berlin Tel: +49-(0)30 88624056 Fax: +49-(0)30 88624056 Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller


Before and After Pictures: A Symposium for Douglas Crimp organized by Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel Friday, August 29, 2014 2:00 pm Introduction and Short Lectures: Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel 3:30 pmRosalyn Deutsche (New York): Museum of Innocence

7:30 pm Douglas Crimp (New York): Hotel des Artistes followed by Lives of Performers (Yvonne Rainer, USA, 1972, 16mm, b/w, 89’) and Reception

Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 pm Rachel Haidu (New York): Lives of Complications 3:00 pm Dirck Linck (Berlin): Camp Genius: On Irving Rosenthal’s Sheeper

4:30 pm Jonathan Flatley (Detroit): Just Alike

5:30 pm Juan Suárez (Murcia): Grids, Folds and Disco

Symposium inquiries:

This symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation

for the Visual Arts, the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Galerie Buchholz Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art Potsdamerstr. 210785 Berlin Tel +49-30-269 55 100

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Had a sensational time in Hamburg on the first leg of a Rising Stars, Falling Stars World Dominatrix Tour.  Yes my amazing partners in grime Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Daniel Hendrickson the Skandinavian Muslim and I hopped on a train for the lovely port city as part of the Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel and the exhibition A Paradise Built in Hell at the world famous Kunstverein.  I’ve performed many times at Kampnagel but it was my first time at the Kunstverein which is a very large contemporary art space located conveniently near the Hauptbanoff train station.  The exhibition A Paradise Built in Hell(the title taken from the Rebecca Solnit book) is co-curated by our very own Empress Stefanie and art world darling Bettina Steinbruegge.  Miss Bettina is also the Direktorin of the Kunstverein and has been working for many years with Stefanie as part of her Forum Expanded crack curatorial team during the Berlinale Film Festival.  Bettina gave us a wonderfully intimate tour of the lush space which is marevelous beyond words.  This exhibit takes the 16mm format as a starting point and  features a large cast of international characters and some of the usual suspects like Heinz Emigholtz and the recently departed Harun Farocki. I was delighted to see that work from a slightly younger generation of artists like Guillaume Cailleau, Michel Belague and Markus Ruff were included.  My participation was with the 16mm film program in presenting the 1929 Bessie Smith starring short subject St. Louis Blues and the 1975 home movie The Blank Generation that features a startling performance by Ms. Jayne County.  The black box kino at Kunstverein was packed with a gaggle of fresh faces certainly not use to seeing a film program presented with such a whimsical Vagimulic approach.  Beginning our Rising Stars tour in Hamburg was important as its a city with quite a historical past of film co-ops and cinema kollectivs like the Toulouse Latrec Institute.  The remainder of the RSFS tour  will venture to Mexico, Central &South America, China, Korea, Afrika and Australia ending back in Europa skipping North America and New York City entirely—rah rah!
Miss Bettina gave me a beautifully designed art book she edited called Outlandos by Jeanne Faust that she signed that I will treasure, and her staff  at Kunstverein ---- utterly delightful.  Special thanks to Robert Goerss, Eva Zulauf the projectionist, Brigitte Skerra, Juliane Feldhoffer, Corinna Koch, Nadine Droste, and Lola Mense. Also kudos to The International Sommerfestival at Kampnagel A-Team: the enchanting Eike Wittrock, Amelie Deuflhard and Andras Siebold.  Also seen at the screening and wine reception: cutie pie curator Nicholas Cullinan,Brice Curiger of Kunsthaus Zurich, art wheeler badealer Christopher Canizares, Kenyan/German socialite Bahati Venus aka: Kolibri, Mobile Biennale's Adrian Bojenoiu, Maike Mia Hoehne the director of Berlinale Shorts who lives in Hamburg, art patron Jens Kahl, B-movie ingenues Taylor Kitsch & Brooklyn Decker, dull German pop star Jan Delay,  Nena who came to the event with the sister of one of the founding members of Kraftwerk(sorry I forgot your name) who I first met over 20 years ago when I was in Hamburg with the Six Sex Weeks Festival and the love sexy girls of  artist Phil Colins’ Just Cause You Feel It, Doesn’t Mean It’s There who collaborated with CHEAP on Camp/Anti-Camp in Frankfurt back in 2012.